The world's fourth largest exporter of engineering services, Canada’s engineering expertise is internationally recognized. Engineers Canada strives to promote rigorous international engineering standards and qualifications, and to facilitate international mobility for Canadian engineers.
Engineers Canada negotiates education-based international mutual recognition agreements on behalf of Canada’s engineering profession. These agreements mainly recognize the equivalency of the accreditation systems (engineering education) used in other countries with the Canadian system. Engineers who are graduates of an accredited or recognized engineering program offered in a country where an Engineers Canada agreement applies are generally considered to meet the academic requirements to be licenced as professional engineers in Canada, making it easier for Engineers Canada's members to evaluate the academic credentials of international engineering graduates and for Canadian engineers to work and be licensed as engineers in other countries.
Engineers Canada has signed agreements with engineering organizations in other countries. In most cases, these organizations are based in countries where the accreditation of engineering programs is a key foundation for the practice of engineering; high academic standards of engineering education exist and are required for registration; and the engineering profession is well-regarded either through statute or convention. For example, Engineers Canada has signed mutual recognition agreements of qualified/licensed engineers with Hong Kong, Ireland and Australia.
Engineers Canada has also negotiated a recognition agreement on full professional practice, the NAFTA Mutual Recognition Document, to support greater mobility for engineers from Canada, Texas and Mexico, and has developed a national register of qualified Canadian engineers as part of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Engineer Register initiative. An implementation protocol to implement the NAFTA document is currently being developed. The APEC Register initiative sets out criteria for the creation of national registers of qualified engineers, which would facilitate the negotiation of bilateral mobility agreements between participating signatories.
Engineers Canada has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arcquitectos de Costa Rica that provides assurance to the Colegio’s stakeholders that Engineers Canada will continue to work with them on the development of their accreditation system. Such cooperation will enhance Costa Rica’s accreditation system, improve the quality assurance in the Costa Rican engineering faculties and therefore provide better professionals to serve our communities.
Mutual Recognition Agreement between ABET and the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers
Mutual Recognition Agreement for Practice as a Professional Engineer (The Parties: Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur (CTI) for France, Conseil National des Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de France (CNISF), and the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) for Canada
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Memorandums of Understanding
Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arcquitectos de Costa Rica